Old Order Mennonite Family Turns to Medical Marijuana to Treat Six-Year-Old Daughter’s Seizures

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People who use the cannabis oil are recommended to take one gram per day during the first two months of treatment, said Constance Finley on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Photo by Godofredo Vasquez

They don’t own a car or a computer. They don’t even have a phone.

But when an Old Order Mennonite couple from northern Huron County, north of London, needed to control seizures in their six-year old daughter, they turned to a form of medical marijuana.

Using medical marijuana may seem like a “stretch” for the ultra-traditional religious sect, says one observer at a Mennonite liberal arts college in Southwestern Ontario.

But Old Order Mennonites also have a tradition of seeking alternative treatments, as well as mainstream medicine, said Marlene Epp, a history professor at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo.

“The use of medical marijuana is new for all of us,” Epp said. “If it was prescribed and they felt it would help their child, I suspect they would go for it.”

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